Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA

Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA

Deputy Premier; Minister for Health; Mental Health

    Healthway grants provide mental health support to WA’s LGBTQI community

    19/02/2018 2:00 PM
    • $140,100 in grants to benefit lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) community
    • Funding grants aim to prevent suicide and the onset of depression and anxiety
    • Grants affirm McGowan Government's priority to funding mental health services to help support higher risk Western Australians 

    Tackling suicide by providing better mental health support will be the focus of two research grants, through State Government funding, to support Western Australia's LGBTQI community.


    Murdoch University has received a $70,050 Healthway grant for a mental health research project which aims to understand the mental health needs of those who identify as both Aboriginal and LGBTQI, and work with mental health services to better respond to their needs.


    Aboriginal and LGBTQI people face some of the highest rates of suicide compared to any other population groups in Australia.


    The Telethon Kids Institute will utilise an additional $70,050 grant from Healthway to adapt an online interactive game that shares key skills which aim to help prevent the onset of depression in transgender young people. 


    Nearly 75 per cent of transgender youth in Australia have been diagnosed with depression or anxiety, and about half of them have attempted suicide.


    In Western Australia, there are thousands of transgender people aged 15-24 years old.


    Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook:


    "Evidence shows the LGBTQI community experience higher rates of mental health issues than the general population because of the perceived stigma.


    "The university research project will look at the experiences and diverse needs of Aboriginal LGBTQI people, and work with mental health service providers to help them better respond to the mental health needs of this community.


    "It is important that innovative and cost-effective tools and services are available to the LGBTQI community including young transgender people, to help them overcome barriers they face and improve their quality of life and mental wellbeing.


    "These programs - funded by Healthway - will build on the work the McGowan Government has underway supporting both LGBTQI and Aboriginal communities in mental health and wellbeing, including a two-year $282,000 pilot project to help prevent suicide among LGBTQI youth in regional areas and $18.2 million to secure the future of the State-wide Specialist Aboriginal Mental Health Services."


    Minister's office - 6552 6500